The amount of electrical energy derived from photovoltaic and wind sources inherently varies with time, day of week, season, and random factors, such as the weather. Electrical energy must be stored during times when production exceeds consumption, and returned to the grid when production falls below consumption. Large scale electrical energy storage is the single most challenging issues that California faces as it moves toward more dependence on renewable sources.
Each Fall and Spring, the College of Engineering brings together experts to address a high-profile engineering topic. Established in 2009 by the Dean's Advisory Council, the Engineering Distinguished Lecture series draws a wide audience of students, faculty, community members, alumni, and supporters. Past lectures have addressed such top-of-mind topics as smart grids, cybersecurity, U.S. manufacturing, drones, and more.
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